Board Members

MARC GAUCI – CHAIRMAN

Year Elected:

Chairman (elected 2018)

Director (elected 2009)

Background / Expertise:

Outside of football Marc works for Australia Post as Head of eCommerce Business Development for Marketplaces and eCommerce platforms.

Interest and/or involvement in sport:

Marc has been actively involved in the administration of junior football for eight years since his two sons began playing at the East Malvern Knights in 2006. In 2013 his third child and only daughter played for the Knights in U12 Girls.

Marc initially joined the Knights committee in 2006 as Sponsorship Manager, before becoming Club Secretary in 2007 and 2008, was Vice President and Club Secretary for 2009-2013.

In 2009 Marc led the move of five WJFA clubs to the MSJFL (now SMJFL) and in 2010 joined the board of the Southern Football Netball League. He has also been the Chair of the MarCom sub-committee since 2011. Marc was elected Chairman at the 2017 AGM and is absolutely passionate about providing the best experience for all that are involved in community football.

Board and Committee Involvement:

Previously Marc was Founding Chair of the China Australia Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai (AustCham Shanghai) 1994-1998, Vice President of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) from 2001-2012 and Chair of MET3145 2005-2013.

 

GARRY CRANNY

Year Elected: 2007

Background / Expertise:

Garry works as Manager of Sustainability for the family owned concrete and quarrying businesses based in the outer south-eastern area of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley and Bass Coast, which between them employ about 160 staff.

This follows a Federal Public Service career of 27 years and nearly 10 years as a partner and Director of an environmental consultancy business. This period included over two years as Director of a European based joint party venture based in England.

Interest and/or involvement in sport:

Garry played over 20 years and 300 games of local senior football with Glenhuntly (FFL, five years), Caulfield (VFA, nine years), Croydon (EDFL, two years) and St Kevin’s Ormond (ESCFA, five years) which included eight years as a Captain-Coach in the VFA and ESCFA and is a Life Member of the Caulfield Football Club having been the club’s inaugural President from 1993 to 1999.

Board and Committee Involvement:

Garry is currently Chairman of the Construction Materials Processors Association (CMPA). CMPA members supply over 50% of Victoria’s quarried materials and concrete to the State’s construction industry.

Garry joined the Board of the SFNL prior to the commencement of the 2007 season and was an inaugural inductee into the SFNL Hall of Fame in 2015.

 

 

DARREN McLEOD

Year Elected: 2019

Background / Expertise:

With a strong background in sports administration and events management, including a degree In Human Movement and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Business, Darren has over 25 years’ experience across the sport/leisure, major events and entertainment industries.

Establishing his early career at some of Melbourne’s leading sports and leisure facilities, Darren’s career has seen him hold senior roles both in Australia and abroad, including positions with Lifesaving Victoria, Wimbledon Tennis Championships (UK), The Australian Open Tennis Championships (Tennis Australia), and Cotai Arena (15,000 seat Stadium) located within The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel/Casino in Macau (China).

Currently the Deputy Director of Sport for Monash University, with responsibility for sport strategy and operations across the Universities 3 campuses – including one of Melbourne’s largest integrated sporting precincts at the Clayton Campus. Darren’s role encompasses sports precinct master planning, sports club governance (to over 45 affiliated sports clubs) site and event operations, financial and resource management and sports program development.

Interest and/or involvement in sport:

Having established a successful career working in sport, Darren is also a sports enthusiast, as participant, administrator and spectator.

He has been involved in football for over 30 years, having played both junior and senior football for Knox Football Club (Eastern Football League) – including a member of the 2000 Senior Premiership Team. With two young sons, Darren spends his weekends volunteering his time to both helping coordinate Auskick sessions and umpiring under nine matches with Edithvale/Aspendale Football Club.

A tragic Melbourne Demons Supporter, Darren is also a keen golfer and regular swimmer, who enters the annual Lorne Pier to Pub Swim.

Board and Committee Involvement:  

Kingston City Council – Sport Advisory Committee (2019 – current)

 

 

GREG RYAN

Year Elected: 2019

Background / Involvement in Sport:

PLAYER

1992-1993 – Captain Coach of Thorpdale F.C. (MGFL)
1988-1991 -Captain Coach of Toora F.C. (Alberton F.L.)
1987 – Senior player St. Kevin’s F.C. (South Eastern Suburban Churches Association.)
1986 – Senior player with Kedron F.C. (QALF).
1985-1986 – Senior player St Mary’s F.C. (NTFL)
1984-1985 – Senior player with Caulfield F.C. (VFA)
1982 – Senior player with South Mildura F.C. (SFL)
1974–1981/83 – Junior and senior player with Ballarat F.C. (BFL)

Coach

Qualifications
1989 – Accredited Senior Football Coach – Level 2
1991 – Accredited Senior Football Coach – Level 3

Roles
2011-2015 – Development Coach Port Melbourne FC (VFL)
2010 – Assistant/Coach of Caulfield Football Club (SFL)
2005–2007 – Coach Alberton F.L. Inter – league.(VCFL)
2002-2004 – Senior Coach Wonthaggi Rovers F.C. (Alberton F.L)
1993 – Assistant Coach of Gippsland Power (TAC CUP)
1992-1993 – Captain Coach of Thorpdale F.C. (MGFL)
1988-1991 – Captain Coach of Toora F.C. (Alberton F.L.)
1998 – Coach of Caulfield Football Club (SFL)
1981 – Coach of Ballarat High School Juniors (BFL)

Other Roles in Football Between (1990 – 2010)

– Vice President Alberton F.L.& Club delegate
– Richmond F.C. Recruiting Officer
– Presenter and Organiser of Level 1 coach Education.
– Auskick Coordinator for Alberton League.
– Editor of Gippsland Coaches Association Magazine.
– Coordinator of Coach PD for Gippsland Region.
– Level 1 & 2 Assessor for Gippsland.
– AFCA member 1988 – 2010

 

 

RICHARD SMITH

Year Elected: 2017

Background / Expertise:

Broad experience in marketing, communications and business development across government and corporate sector. Currently, consults to organisations in stakeholder engagement, brand management and marketing campaigns focussed on behavioural change and community awareness. Experience includes:

Australian Grand Prix Corporation – Head of Corporate Sales
Melbourne & Olympic Parks – General Manager – Marketing & Commercial Services
Department Premier & Cabinet – Project Manager – Major Events
Department Economic Development – Executive Director – Strategic Communications
Westpac Group Property – Communications Manager
Victorian Building Authority – Communications Manager

Interest and/or involvement in sport:

200 games – Old Brighton Grammarians Football Club – VAFA

Board and Committee Involvement:

Director – Destination Melbourne Ltd (2006 – 2012)

Director – Doxa Youth Foundation (2014-2018)

 

PAUL SHOEBRIDGE

 

 

GAYANN WALKER